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by voters last month, and took effect at midnight. in seattle, about 100 people marked the occasion by smoking joints beneath the city's iconic space needle. technically, doing that in public remains against the law. marijuana is still illegal under federal law. but the justice department has not said if it will try to block the washington state law or a similar statute in colorado. same-sex marriage also became legal in washington state today, and in maryland. gay and lesbian couples in both states began picking up marriage licenses. those in washington state have to wait three days to be married. same-sex ddings in maryland will begin on january first. maine will legalize the practice on december 29. the three states are the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. in economic news, new jobless claims fell sharply last week, after a temporary spike in the wake of hurricane sandy. and on wall street, stocks managed modest gains today. the dow jones industrial average added 39 points to close at 1,374. the nasdaq rose 15 points to close at 2,989. the u.s. senate has overw
with kcts seattle and their program "earthfix" to produce this story. >> sreenivasan: pacific oysters like the ones grown on shina wysockis family farm near olympia washington are served in restaurants around the country. >> we think our water tastes great here and that makes our oysters taste great. >> sreenivasan: but there's trouble in the water. the oceans p.h., which measures the level of acidity of a liquid, shows the water is becoming acidified. most growers like the wysockis can only farm oysters if they can buy oyster larvae, also called oyster seed, from hatcheries. but a few years ago, the larvae suddenly began dying by the billions. the culprit-- the seawater pumped into the hatcheries is so corrosive that it eats away the young oyster shells before they can form >> ocean acidification is this huge problem and there are so many things-- it's the currents, it's the carbon dioxide, it's the aragonite. most of which i only understand a tiny fraction of, but what i do understand is when the nursery calls on the phone and says there's no oyster seed to ship. we don't have any. >> sr
." it tracked 1,100 pedestrians in seattle, washington and found more than a third of people text, talk or listen to music when they cross the street. only one in four people followed the proper safety protocol, looking both wayand obeyin thligh vehicle-pedestrian accidents kill 4,000 people every year in the u.s. and injure 60,000 others. the man who co-invented the bar code joseph woodland has died in new jersey. woodland's bar codes are on nearly every product in stores today. he came up with the idea after drawing morse code dots and dashes in the sand on a miami beach, absent-mindedly letting his fingers drag a series of parallel lines instead. the idea was patented in 1952 but not put into wide use until the 1970s. woodland was 91 years old. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to margaret. >> warner: 18 days and counting until the end of the year when the government reaches the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff. congressional correspondent kwame holman kicks off our coverage tonight >> reporter: late in the day, house speaker john boehner left capitol hill to mee
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